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ARB Newsclips for April 2, 2014. This is a service of the California Air Resources Board’s Office of Communications. You may need to sign in or register with individual websites to view some of the following news articles. CAP AND TRADE EU Carbon Pares Gains as Analysts Revise 2013 Emissions Estimate. Carbon permits pared gains as analysts said European Union data showed emissions from factories and power stations probably fell more than their predictions made earlier today. The benchmark December carbon contract advanced 8.7 percent to 5.11 euros ($7.05) a metric ton on ICE Futures Europe in London. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-01/eu-carbon-rises-after-2013-emissions-fell-slower-than-expected.html AIR POLLUTION Sahara desert dust brings smog to Britain. European pollution and dust swirling in from the Sahara created a "perfect storm" of smog in Britain on Wednesday, prompting authorities to warn people with heart or lung conditions to cut down on tough physical exercise outdoors. Air pollution in some areas reached the top rung on its 10-point scale, the environment department said. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/E/EU_BRITAIN_AIR_POLLUTION?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/02/6288084/sahara-desert-dust-brings-smog.html#storylink=cpy http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Sahara-desert-dust-brings-smog-to-Britain-5369236.php O.C. metal-finishing plant poses high cancer risk to nearby residents. Air regulators will seek an order for Hixson Metal Finishing to reduce chromium 6 emissions as soon as possible. A metal-finishing facility in Newport Beach poses an "unacceptably high" cancer risk to its neighbors and should curtail its emissions as soon as possible, state air quality officials said Tuesday. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/la-me-newport-pollution-20140402,0,3992189,print.story http://www.ocregister.com/articles/aqmd-607943-hixson-newport.html Review of air permits finds high pollution rates for biomass energy -- environmental group. Economic incentives and legal technicalities have allowed for the construction of more 70 biomass plants in the last decade, according to a group opposed to generating electricity from burning plant matter. The Partnership for Policy Integrity released an analysis of 88 biomass power plant air permits today…Posted. http://www.eenews.net/climatewire/stories/1059997162/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY CLIMATE CHANGE West Coast States, British Columbia Talk Carbon Collaboration. An agreement signed in October 2013 by the governors of California, Oregon and Washington and the leader of British Columbia to collaborate on climate policies could produce a consistent fueling infrastructure for electric vehicles on the West Coast, California Environmental Protection Agency Secretary Matt Rodriquez said March 27. Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-01/west-coast-states-british-columbia-talk-carbon-collaboration.html Has the new U.N. report turned Bill O'Reilly into an environmentalist? Don't expect a wholesale rush on the part of climate change skeptics or deniers to embrace the idea that human beings are responsible for global warming. Expect instead a slow melting of resistance as scientists turn up the heat. You’d like to think the new, alarming U.N. report on global climate change might provide a wake-up call to skeptics such as…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/abcarian/la-me-ra-global-climate-change-20140401,0,4792215.story#ixzz2xkrCGzmW Climate impacts are going to hit the developing world hardest, IPCC says. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the world's leading climate science body, declared in a new report that global warming is wreaking havoc "on all continents and across the oceans," with the worst yet to come. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/02/6289529/climate-impacts-are-going-to-hit.html#storylink=cpy UC Merced Connect: Changes seen deep in the sea. Large, naturally occurring low-oxygen zones in the Pacific appear to be expanding, and there is a sharp change in the number of bacteria that produce and consume different forms of toxic sulfur, according to a UC Merced researcher’s latest paper in Nature Communications. These expanding deoxygenated zones could also contribute to climate change, which, in turn, appears to contribute to their growth. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/01/6287911/uc-merced-connect-changes-seen.html#storylink=cpy Brown preaches climate change to state regulators. California Gov. Jerry Brown, who once studied to become a Jesuit priest, brought his missionary passion for making progress with climate changes to the spring meeting of the Environmental Council of the States, a national non-profit, non-partisan association of state and territorial environmental agency leaders, at the old Ft. Baker in Sausalito on Monday. Posted. http://www.centralvalleybusinesstimes.com/stories/001/?ID=25553 Entrepreneurs vie to turn heat-trapping gas into a red-hot commodity. Awkward, adolescent companies that capture carbon emissions or convert them into chemicals or fuels nervously gussied up booths and showed off nearly mature technology ready for commercial partners at the agency's annual Energy Innovation Summit. Unlike the wallflowers of last year, largely exhibited in posters on the wall, carbon utilization and alternative carbon capture technologies were a noticeable presence on the main floor at this year's DOE Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) conference in Washington, D.C. Posted. http://www.eenews.net/greenwire/stories/1059997195/print BY SUBSCRIPTION ONLY DROUGHT Drought in California may hinder job growth for years, economists say. Lack of rain in 2013 could diminish the fishing and manufacturing sectors in California, the UCLA Anderson Forecast says. Even without the weather factor, L.A. is grappling with major problems with its job market. The ongoing drought in California could dampen employment growth in coming years and have a ripple effect on several industries in the state…Posted. http://www.latimes.com/business/la-fi-ucla-forecast-20140402,0,6357166,print.story California water managers ease delta pumping limits. Fishery agencies are under increasing political pressure to take advantage of late winter storms and ramp up pumping from the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta. Officials announced Tuesday that they are temporarily waiving an endangered species protection to enable water managers to send more Northern California water south. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/science/la-me-drought-pumping-20140402,0,5488934.story#ixzz2xl9fcsNJ Despite recent storms, Sierra snowpack remains well below normal. These are strange days for California water officials. The penultimate snow survey of the season Tuesday found the Sierra Nevada snowpack holding 32 percent of normal water content – a relatively dismal reading – and yet many of them expressed relief. A few months earlier, those water officials had feared much worse. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/01/6286757/despite-recent-storms-sierra-snowpack.html?storylink=lingospot#storylink=cpy Mountain View declares water shortage emergency. Mountain View has declared a water shortage emergency as the San Francisco Bay Area city faces the statewide drought. The San Jose Mercury News reports (http://bit.ly/Odep9K) the City Council voted unanimously Tuesday for a "Stage 1" declaration, the lowest emergency level. It authorizes city staff to ramp up efforts to educate the public about conservation programs. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/02/6288611/mountain-view-declares-water-shortage.html#storylink=cpy California drought: Downpours fall far short of ending crisis. Snow surveyors are expected to tromp out into the Sierra powder Tuesday under a soft, steady patter of comforting precipitation, but the spring moisture is a cruel oasis in California's desert of drought, according to leading climate and weather gurus. The pounding rain along the coast and fluffy snow in the mountains this week won't come close to solving the state's mounting water crisis…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/California-drought-Downpours-fall-far-short-of-5365318.php FUELS Oil down to $99 ahead of US inventories report. The price of oil retreated to near $99 a barrel on Wednesday, adding to a big fall the day before, as traders awaited a report on U.S. crude stockpiles and considered the possible reopening of export terminals in Libya. By early afternoon in Europe, benchmark U.S. crude for May delivery was down 66 cents to $99.08 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Tuesday, the Nymex contract slid $1.84. Posted. http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/O/OIL_PRICES?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT OTHER RELATED STORIES http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/02/6288009/oil-down-slightly-ahead-of-us.html#storylink=cpy Methane-spewing microbe blamed in Earth's worst mass extinction. Sometimes bad things come in small packages. A microbe that spewed humongous amounts of methane into Earth's atmosphere triggered a global catastrophe 252 million years ago that wiped out upwards of 90 percent of marine species and 70 percent of land vertebrates. That's the hypothesis offered on Monday by researchers aiming to solve one of science's enduring mysteries…Posted. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/01/us-science-extinction-idUSBREA2U1KO20140401 Officials concerned about crude oil rail shipments. Local and state leaders are raising concerns about a San Francisco Bay area refinery's plan to move as many as 100 train cars of flammable crude oil daily through Northern California cities. The Sacramento Bee reports (http://bit.ly/1mKFu3a) the Valero Refining Company in Benecia plans to have trains travel on the Union Pacific line that runs through downtown West Sacramento and Davis…Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/02/6289447/officials-concerned-about-crude.html#storylink=cpy Parnell seeks tax credits to state refineries. Gov. Sean Parnell has put forth a proposal that may assist the state's three refineries in providing lower cost fuels to in-state customers. Parnell's proposal is a new tax credit that the three state refineries may use for infrastructure upgrades and investments for the purpose of increased production, the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Tuesday (http://bit.ly/1lAiymY). Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/01/6286493/parnell-seeks-tax-credits-to-state.html VEHICLES Does Tesla Really Need a $5 Billion Battery? Musk Seeks Sites in Southwestern States for Giant Factory. In a project that is befuddling industry experts and competitors, Tesla Motors Inc. is looking for possible sites for a giant electric-car battery factory in four Southwestern states. The plant, dubbed a "gigafactory" by Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk, would be the world's largest factory by a long shot. Posted. http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304157204579473304005412522?mod=WSJ_hps_MIDDLE_Video_Top&mg=reno64-wsj China Considers More Electric-Car Incentives: Official. China may exempt electric-car buyers from paying purchase taxes as part of expanded state measures to bolster sales of such vehicles after past incentives failed to spur demand, Vice Premier Ma Kai said. The government may cut or waive the 10 percent auto-purchase tax for new-energy vehicles…Posted. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-04-02/china-considers-more-electric-car-incentives-vice-premier-says.html GREEN ENERGY Going Under the Sea for Clean Energy. A black-and-red tower with what look like white wings juts out of the water in Strangford Lough, a fjord that runs from the Irish Sea deep into the farm country of Northern Ireland. Curious seals stick their heads up as a boat draws close, but they don’t seem to be bothered by the strange-looking device, which is actually a windmill, except its blades are under water. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/03/business/energy-environment/going-under-the-sea-for-clean-energy.html?partner=rss&emc=rss&action=click&module=Search®ion=searchResults%230&version=&url=http%3A%2F%2Fquery.nytimes.com%2Fsearch%2Fsitesearch%2F%3Faction%3Dclick%26region%3DMasthead%26pgtype%3DHomepage%26module%3DSearchSubmit%26contentCollection%3DHomepage%26t%3Dqry485%23%2Fgreen%2Benergy%2Fsince1851%2Fallresults%2F1%2Fallauthors%2Fnewest%2F MISCELLANEOUS L.A. Council overhauls trash collection for business, big apartments. The Los Angeles City Council voted Tuesday to overhaul the way garbage is collected from tens of thousands of businesses and apartment complexes in what supporters described as an ambitious bid to put Los Angeles at the forefront of reducing landfill waste nationwide. "This is really about environmental justice," said Councilman Jose Huizar, who backed the plan. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-trash-franchise-overhaul-20140401,0,557748.story#ixzz2xkpydSbb Allergic asthma sufferers should take some precautions when exercising. Spring has sprung, and in addition to welcoming the beauty and warmth of the season, many folks welcome - though maybe not with eager anticipation - seasonal allergies. And for some, allergies and asthma go hand in hand. More than 50 percent of the 20 million Americans with asthma have allergic asthma, according to the Allergy and Asthma Foundation of America. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/02/6288319/allergic-asthma-sufferers-should.html#storylink=cpy EarthTalk: Cool green apps that help you commune with nature. Dear EarthTalk: What are some cool apps that work with a mobile phone that can help me get in better touch with the environment? _ Mitchell Brown, Troy, Mich. Not surprisingly, there are thousands of "green" apps out there that make it easier for people to find and share information to help us all become better stewards of the natural environment. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/01/6286528/earthtalk-cool-green-apps-that.html#storylink=cpy Toxic vapor control system planned for DeWitt Clinton building. A system to vent hazardous gas from underground pollution will be added to the former DeWitt Clinton hotel as part of a state Superfund pollution cleanup agreement near the site of a planned new downtown convention center, the state Department of Environmental Conservation said. Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Toxic-vapor-control-system-planned-for-DeWitt-5368337.php OPINIONS Global Warming and the Developing World. Climate change is drastically affecting the whole world and is likely to become much more damaging unless greenhouse gases are reduced, recent reports from the United Nations and the American Association for the Advancement of Science have concluded. The problems are most immediate in developing nations, many of which have contributed little pollution but are most affected by rising sea levels and drought. Posted. http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/04/01/global-warming-and-the-developing-world?hp&rref=opinion Climate change is here, now. Will the world act? There's a new tone in the latest report on climate change from the United Nations' expert organization on the subject. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change doesn't just forecast the usual sweeping changes that are likely to occur as the planet warms, the kinds of warnings the public has heard (and often ignored) for decades. Posted. http://www.latimes.com/opinion/editorials/la-ed-climate-change-un-ippc-report-20140401,0,7095074.story#axzz2xkp7OCE5 http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/02/6288321/climate-change-is-here-now-will.html#storylink=cpy Climate change report raises new alarms about future disasters. The following editorial appeared in the Kansas City Star on Tuesday, April 1: A new report from an international study group on climate change could hardly be gloomier. The adverse effects of greenhouse gases in global environments, at least in part probably caused by human activities, extend from coastal flooding to farmland drought. Posted. http://www.sacbee.com/2014/04/02/6288320/climate-change-report-raises-new.html#storylink=cpy As globe warms, adapt and mitigate: Our view. As a piece of literature, the latest report from the United Nations' expert organization on climate change is no John Grisham page-turner. Pulled together by 309 authors and editors from 70 countries, the document released this week brings to mind the saying about a camel being a horse designed by committee. Despite the turgid prose, excessive acronyms and bewildering flow charts…Posted. http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2014/04/01/climate-change-global-warming-ipcc-editorials-debates/7175157/ If You Can Read This, You Won't See the End of Coal. Maybe coal is considered a compelling subject for discussion as we move into spring and increasingly concern ourselves with the quality of our outdoor world. Or perhaps it's purely coincidence. Whatever the reason, my newly arrived April issues of both National Geographic and Wired include lengthy articles about the controversial black fuel…Posted. http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/If-You-Can-Read-This-You-Won-t-See-the-End-of-5370656.php BLOGS IRENA: Making A Business Case for Renewable Energy. Solid progress has been made in the past three years promoting renewable energy as a policy choice, especially in parts of the developing world where demand is expected to grow rapidly, although more must be done to make clean energy a significant share of the global mix, according to the director general of the International Renewable Energy Agency. Posted. http://blogs.wsj.com/middleeast/2014/04/02/irena-making-a-business-case-for-renewable-energy/?KEYWORDS=climate+change How China's Electric Car Dreams Became A PR Nightmare In America. Few individuals or institutions have the power to truly move markets like Warren Buffett and the Chinese government. When the two forces converged in 2008 to back Chinese electric car company BYD, the little-known brand rose to international fame. Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway put $230 million into buying a 10 percent stake in the company…Posted. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/04/01/byd-china-electric-car_n_4964233.html What is causing the UK's high levels of air pollution? The high air pollution across central and southern England and parts of Wales is due to light easterly winds bringing pollutants from the continent and allowing local pollution to linger close to where it is produced. Posted. http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/apr/02/what-causing-uk-high-level-air-pollution Congress members ask EPA to reopen three fracking investigations. A crew of Democratic House members are calling on the EPA to do its damned job — specifically, to investigate potential links between pollution and fracking in three states where groundwater has been mysteriously poisoned. Posted. http://grist.org/news/congress-members-ask-epa-to-reopen-three-fracking-investigations/ Nissan Leaf has 2nd-best sales month ever, Chevy Volt does a 2013 repeat. A month ago, Nissan's director of EV sales and marketing, Toby Perry, said he expected to see the Leaf's sales momentum continue into March. It wasn't a big leap, since January and February were slow sales months in 2013 (around 640 each) before a big climb to 2,200 in March. Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/04/01/2014-march-chevy-volt-nissan-leaf-sales/ Number of electric vehicles doubling every year. Percentage-wise, 400,000 vehicles in the global fleet of cars is a small, small number. If 2011 estimates of a billion cars worldwide is accurate, 400,000 is basically a rounding error. Still, since those 400,000 are electric vehicles, it's a number worth celebrating. The Zentrums für Sonnenenergie- und Wasserstoff-Forschung Baden-Württemberg (which roughly translates as the Center for Solar and Hydrogen Energy Research in Baden-Württemberg…Posted. http://green.autoblog.com/2014/04/01/number-of-electric-vehicles-doubling-every-year/ California is in a drought emergency. Visit www.SaveOurH2O.org for water conservation tips.